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Dreaming of You (Lisa Kleypas, Gamblers #2)

1.5 out of 5 stars

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This is an earlier Kleypas work and though it is still fairly well written, it ultimately feels like an earlier work of a talented, but still developing, writer.  The plot centers around an acclaimed author who saves the life of a notorious gambling club owner… and it meanders quite a bit, the dialog lacks the sparkle of her later works, and the characters are more one-dimensional than usual (she’s naive and innocent, he’s hardened and weary).  Also, there are some real moral gray areas that you don’t often encounter in a regency romance (spoilers below), which, though different and arguably intriguing, also make the novel considerably less escapist than I like.  I don’t regret reading it, but there were parts that were… surprisingly difficult to get through, and the most noticeable feeling I felt upon completion was relief.  It’s not something I’d recommend, even to a Kleypas fan.

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Then Came You (Lisa Kleypas, Gamblers #1)

3 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
The characters are vivid, intense, and flawed – sometimes they’re almost annoyingly temperamental and illogical.  Lily, our main protagonist, despite the fact that she’s had a broken engagement, an unsuccessful one night stand, and a young daughter of her own, has moments where she acts more like a petulant teenager than a grown woman.  Our hero at least becomes more even-keeled as the novel progresses, though sometimes Alex feels more like a foil to Lily’s wildness than a sane man (just because he’s almost unbearably tolerant and patient with Lily at times). Despite this, the story is engaging and involving, the characters are strong yet vulnerable; their deepening love for one another is ultimately very believable. There are some pacing issues that you don’t see in Kleypas’s later works, but despite its flaws Then Came You is a worthwhile read.
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